Kagiso Rabada suspended for two Tests by ICC

David Warner ball tampering claims South Africa Australia 2nd Test Port Elizabeth cricket

Match referee Jeff Crowe conducted a hearing on the first send-off, ruling he could "not see any evidence to support the argument that the contact was accidental".

Kagiso Rabada recognises the need to relook his on-field conduct, because the rate at which he is being charged for code of conduct violations is affecting the team.

That was certainly the case in Port Elizabeth against the Australians, where de Villiers' century on an arduous pitch was of such quality that the opposition's reaction, not for the first time in his career, was tantamount to shrugging their shoulders and applauding. They called me Braveheart, etc etc.

"I won't say we're frustrated".

Steyn's recent injury woe has means he has played one test in nearly 18 months and he did not get through that one.

"It is so hard to always be consistent because there will always be different interpretations". Everyone just wants consistency.

"From my understanding he would have needed to play a game this week, which he didn't", du Plessis said of Steyn.

"As I mentioned before the series, I could see in his eyes that he had a huge hunger and the stuff that we spoke about before this series as a team, he was extremely hungry to make a play".

Rabada's problem is that he had five carry-over points from past indiscretions, while Warner had a clean sheet. This could still be his last big Test rubber but for as long as he is scoring runs, du Plessis is only too happy to be able to call on him.

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"Australia were never going to give in easily, so you had to go to the reserve tank and give your best", Rabada said after being named Man of the Match. "Otherwise you can just put a bowling machine out there and a robot to bat".

Notably, after getting Smith out lbw on 25 in Australia's second innings, he appeared to deliberately bump into him as he walked down the wicket.

Rabada does not come from hardship, though. "It is important that you switch off.", he said.

Both players were sanctioned by the ICC after video footage from a stairwell leading into the players' dressing rooms appeared to show Warner being restrained by his teammates during a spat with De Kock.

PUNISHMENT: Fined 75 per cent of match fee and given three demerit points. 2.

The one-point infringement took him to a suspension level of four, having previously been found guilty of deliberate physical contact with Sri Lanka's Niroshan Dickwella. PUNISHMENT: Fined 15 per cent of match fee and given one demerit point.

South Africa levelled the four-match series against Australia at 1-1 with an important six-wicket victory in the second Test at Port Elizabeth on Monday.

Rabada, who was suspended for one Test against England last summer following an altercation with Ben Stokes, has five demerit points and will receive a two-Test ban if he reaches eight.

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